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(Daily Mail)   All work and no play makes this court stenographer a dull boy   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 34
    More: Fail, court reporter, Josh Elliott, Texas Family, Jennette McCurdy, Daniel Kochanski, exchange student  
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2014-04-03 12:20:22 PM
Kochanski is an alcoholic

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Look, just because a girl fancies a drink now and then...
 
2014-04-03 01:43:30 PM
I just picture the stenographer from Airplane II
 
2014-04-03 01:43:59 PM
he's lucky to have a job in Freedomland.
 
2014-04-03 01:45:08 PM
can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.
 
2014-04-03 01:47:26 PM
Well I'm sure your next job will be better, not really.
 
2014-04-03 01:47:39 PM
He went more than two years before anyone noticed?
 
2014-04-03 01:47:48 PM
"Mr. Kochanski, would you read back the witness's statement?"
"Your Honor, I'd prefer not to."
 
2014-04-03 01:49:06 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


I am sure it is more complicated than that. There are parts they are called to omit. Also, a human is self correcting while a speech recognition program is not.
 
2014-04-03 01:49:13 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


I'm about to go into a hearing with a Federal Judge who records it all on a computer. So I'm getting a kick...
 
2014-04-03 01:54:11 PM
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2014-04-03 01:58:40 PM

Empty H: Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.

I am sure it is more complicated than that. There are parts they are called to omit. Also, a human is self correcting while a speech recognition program is not.


record a video synched with the software.  Have someone skim the transcripts at the end of the day and look back at the video to correct anything that looks off.  Bam, one guy doing the work of dozens.
 
2014-04-03 02:00:43 PM
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This is just like The Shinning.
 
2014-04-03 02:01:28 PM

farkingismybusiness: [cdn3.whatculture.com image 240x192]
This is just like The Shinning.


You mean "Shining"
 
2014-04-03 02:01:39 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


Very?
 
2014-04-03 02:06:58 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


There is a system called JAVS that has been replacing them and is getting far more popular. But it depends on your judge/magistrate and their preferences as well as the court's administration. It's all video and several cameras switch to who is speaking at the time.

And yes, a lot of court reporters do not like that at all.
 
2014-04-03 02:10:10 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: farkingismybusiness: [cdn3.whatculture.com image 240x192]
This is just like The Shinning.

You mean "Shining"


Shhhh!!! Ya wanna get sued!!!
 
2014-04-03 02:12:43 PM

Combustion: Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.

I'm about to go into a hearing with a Federal Judge who records it all on a computer. So I'm getting a kick...


This is the total revolution that I've been talking about, that job may no longer exist.
 
2014-04-03 02:13:39 PM
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2014-04-03 02:14:40 PM

Sybarite: Kochanski is an alcoholic

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Look, just because a girl fancies a drink now and then...


So much for AA.
 
2014-04-03 02:23:48 PM
Seems silly to lose all that information by this archaic method of "court recording". Why not just record the proceedings with audio and video? If someone wants a transcript, it can be generated after the fact as needed.
 
2014-04-03 02:30:00 PM

Jument: Seems silly to lose all that information by this archaic method of "court recording". Why not just record the proceedings with audio and video? If someone wants a transcript, it can be generated after the fact as needed.


DC Municipal Courts were doing that twenty years ago when I was there for law school.
 
2014-04-03 02:37:13 PM

farkingismybusiness: [cdn3.whatculture.com image 240x192]
This is just like The Shinning.


This is just like The Shinning.

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2014-04-03 02:43:05 PM
The most high profile of Kochanski's botched transcripts is the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of Aaron Hand - who was convicted of trying to hire a hit man to take-out a witness who would testify against him.

In a case like this Kochanski may have enabled a career as a standup comic if he would have typed:  "He hates his wife" over and over instead.
 
2014-04-03 03:18:45 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


Or even just put good quality microphones all over the courtroom and record the entire thing.
 
2014-04-03 04:00:41 PM

silverjets: Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.

Or even just put good quality microphones all over the courtroom and record the entire thing.


That's a lot of data to store though and brings its own problems - what if the file gets corrupted or the machine  stops recording somewhere along the way and nobody notices? Or if someone goes to make a transcript from that recording some years later and doesn't know names or abbreviations that are used? A court reporter can ask for clarification at the time, a tape recorder can't.

I don't know why there isn't an audio backup though for situations like this.
 
2014-04-03 04:08:57 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


Ever turn on closed captioning on your television? Easy to tell every time machine v. human - especially when the machine is trying to follow someone like Jon Stewart.
 
2014-04-03 04:53:12 PM

Old Man Winter: He went more than two years before anyone noticed?


government job?
 
2014-04-03 05:05:00 PM

Sybarite: Kochanski is an alcoholic



Look, just because a girl fancies a drink now and then...


They're all drunks.
 
2014-04-03 05:05:45 PM

Plant Rights Activist: can't believe this job isn't automated yet.  How hard is it to get decent speech to text software.


Impossible.
 
2014-04-03 06:03:10 PM

Sybarite: Kochanski is an alcoholic

[content9.flixster.com image 204x270]

Look, just because a girl fancies a drink now and then...


Bonus points for managing to post the good Kochanski.
 
2014-04-03 08:07:42 PM
I'm a stenographer.  I'm also confused why there wasn't a backup recording of the proceedings.  Even if there is an official recording, I still use my own.  This is obviously just a case of a guy who had serious life problems.  He was probably one more job away from stripping off all his clothes and running down the street naked.
 
2014-04-03 09:17:12 PM

farkingismybusiness: DarkSoulNoHope: farkingismybusiness: [cdn3.whatculture.com image 240x192]
This is just like The Shinning.

You mean "Shining"

Shhhh!!! Ya wanna get sued!!!


"Is that the best you can do!?"

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/hope those rugs were scotch guarded
 
2014-04-03 10:58:04 PM

Peekoo: I'm a stenographer.  I'm also confused why there wasn't a backup recording of the proceedings.  Even if there is an official recording, I still use my own.  This is obviously just a case of a guy who had serious life problems.  He was probably one more job away from stripping off all his clothes and running down the street naked.


I have an aunt who works as a court clerk/stenographer, and she as a lot of strange stories from court.  I'm imagining that may have played into it a bit, as I'm sure there are some days that would make you want to pull your hair out.

One case she told me about was an attempted murder trial.  A couple had a long history of the guy beating his lady, and she would always take him back.  One day, he ran her over with their car, costing her three of her limbs.  She still wanted to take him back and testified how he wasn't all that bad.  To add to the stress for my aunt with having to listen to the woman go on about how he loves her, was the woman couldn't speak in complete sentences.  It drove my aunt nuts.
 
2014-04-04 12:53:07 AM

lack of warmth: Peekoo: I'm a stenographer.  I'm also confused why there wasn't a backup recording of the proceedings.  Even if there is an official recording, I still use my own.  This is obviously just a case of a guy who had serious life problems.  He was probably one more job away from stripping off all his clothes and running down the street naked.

I have an aunt who works as a court clerk/stenographer, and she as a lot of strange stories from court.  I'm imagining that may have played into it a bit, as I'm sure there are some days that would make you want to pull your hair out.

One case she told me about was an attempted murder trial.  A couple had a long history of the guy beating his lady, and she would always take him back.  One day, he ran her over with their car, costing her three of her limbs.  She still wanted to take him back and testified how he wasn't all that bad.  To add to the stress for my aunt with having to listen to the woman go on about how he loves her, was the woman couldn't speak in complete sentences.  It drove my aunt nuts.


Argh!  That would make me nuts too.

When I was a shiny student doing my practical training, I went to the courthouse for the first time to shadow a working court reporter.  The head court reporter there told me don't ever do court.  She said you'll look at the world through shiat covered glasses.

I listened to her.  I have only ever done two crime jobs, one of which was incest, and that's waaaay enough for me.  I'll stick to civil litigation, car accidents, oil company vs oil company, construction gone wrong, etc.  I've done a week of tax court, which was interesting (and the little guy won!), but otherwise I've spent almost no time in a courtroom.
 
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